The ‘healthy crisps’ that actually have MORE fat and calories than Walkers – Daily Mail

Britain is a self-certified nation of crisp lovers, consuming more than six billion packets a year and munching on more flavours than any other country in Europe. 

However, for those who are diet conscious, the salty snack can be a tempting treat that needs to be avoided, as the average bag is can contain upwards of 160 calories. 

Walkers, Britain’s biggest manufacturer of crisps, makes about 10 million packets a day. 

The biggest selling flavour for the Leicester firm is Cheese and Onion, and their standard 25g pack contains 124 calories and 6.7 grams of fat.

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The biggest selling flavour for the Leicester firm is Cheese and Onion, and their standard 25g pack contains 124 calories and 6.7 grams of fat

The biggest selling flavour for the Leicester firm is Cheese and Onion, and their standard 25g pack contains 124 calories and 6.7 grams of fat

Upmarket Emily Crisps Chilli & Lime Potato Sticks have more calories in their 35g packets than some classic Walkers crisps. The vegetable sticks, made from sweet potato have 178 calories in, and 9.6g of fat as well as 13.2g of sugar, significantly more than the cheese and onion walkers

Upmarket Emily Crisps Chilli & Lime Potato Sticks have more calories in their 35g packets than some classic Walkers crisps. The vegetable sticks, made from sweet potato have 178 calories in, and 9.6g of fat as well as 13.2g of sugar, significantly more than the cheese and onion walkers

Walkers, Britain’s biggest manufacturer of crisps, makes about 10 million packets of crisps a day, with the biggest selling flavour Cheese and Onion. A standard 25g pack contains 124 calories and 6.7 grams of fat. Meanwhile, upmarket brand Emily Crisps has 178 calories, 9.6g of fat and 13.2g of sugar in a packet of Chilli & Lime Potato Sticks

Which crisps are really healthy and which should you avoid?

POPCHIPS

Popchips Potato Chips – Barbecue 23g 

Calories: 97

Fat: 3.6g

Saturated fat:  0.3g 

Carbs:  14g

Sugar: 0.9g

Salt: 0.65g

Protein: 1.3g

WALKERS SUNBITES 

 Walkers Sunbites Sun Ripenedsweet Chilli 25g

Calories: 120

Fat: 5.6g

Saturated fat:  0.6g 

Carbs:  61.1g

Sugar: 2.4 g

 Salt: 0.65g

Protein:  1.8 g

WALKERS BAKED 

 Walkers Baked Ready Salted, 25g

Calories: 109 

Fat: 3.4g

Saturated fat:  0.3g 

Carbs:  17.3g

 Sugar: 1.5g

 Salt: 0.3g

Protein:  1.7 g

 TYRELLS MIXED ROOT VEGETABLE CRISPS 

Parsnip, beetroot & carrot crisps with sea salt, 40g 

Calories: 202

Fat: 12.8g

Saturated fat:  0.3g 

Carbs:  18g

 Sugar: 9.6g

 Salt: 0.5g

Protein:  1.6g

  HIPPEAS 

Chickpea Puffs Sweet & Smokin 23G 

Calories: 90

Fat: 3.8g

Saturated fat:  0.4g  

Carbs: 11.2g

Sugar: 0.7g 

Salt: 0.3g

Protein: 2.9g  

EAT REAL HUMMUS

 Eat Real Hummus Chips Sea Salt 40g

Eat Real say a serving is 28g and they are sold in bags that are  1.43 servings

Calories: 180

Fat: 6.8g

Saturated fat:  0.5g

Carbs: 27.36g

Sugar: 0.88g

 Salt: 0.8g

Protein:  2.6g

EAT REAL LENTILS

 Eat Real Lentils Chips Sea Salt (40g)

Eat Real say a serving is 28g and are sold in bags that are  1.43 servings

Calories: 186

Fat: 7.8g

Saturated fat:  0.56g

Carbs: 26.4g

Sugar: 0.88g

 Salt: 0.76g

Protein:  3.72g 

 EAT REAL QUINOA CHIPS

Eat Real Quinoa Chips  Sour Cream and Lime, 30g

These are sold in 80g bags and have 2.66 portions per bag 

Calories: 165

Fat: 8.6g

Saturated fat:  0.6g

Carbs: 19.2g

Sugar: 0.9g

 Salt: 0.65g

Protein:  24g 

So, with healthy alternatives constantly popping up, just how much healthier is the protein based alternatives to the schoolyard snack?

Some, it seems, aren’t healthier at all. Upmarket Emily Crisps Chilli & Lime Potato Sticks have more calories in their 35g packets than some classic Walkers crunch.

The vegetable sticks, made from sweet potato have 178 calories in, and 9.6g of fat as well as 13.2g of sugar, significantly more than the cheese and onion from Walkers. 

Speaking exclusively to Femail, award-winning nutritionist Kate Llewellyn-Waters warned dieters against opting for a ‘healthier’ vegetable crisp. 

‘The problem with vegetable crisp products, is that they are often viewed as healthier alternatives to their regular potato crisp counterpart, and unfortunately this isn’t always true.

‘Crisps, be that vegetable or potato crisps are still crisps, and even if they are made with vegetables such as beetroot or carrot, they are very likely to contain too much saturated fat and salt. 

So, with healthy alternatives constantly popping up, just how much healthier is the protein based alternatives to the schoolyard snack?

So, with healthy alternatives constantly popping up, just how much healthier is the protein based alternatives to the schoolyard snack?

So, with healthy alternatives constantly popping up, just how much healthier is the protein based alternatives to the schoolyard snack?

‘Many brands of vegetable crisps have higher levels of saturated fat and salt than leading UK potato crisp brands. 

‘And, because clients see this as a “healthier alternative” many end up eating double portion sizes of this such product, as they see it as healthy and gives them a carte blanche to eat as many as they like. 

‘This can impact an individual’s health and weight loss journey significantly 

While Tyrrells Vegetable Crisps have 202 calories in a packet as well as 12.8g of fat, 18g of carbs, 9.6g of which are sugars.

Trendy popchips, that are only 97 calories, and 90 calorie puffed chickpea brand ‘hippeas’ are more healthy than the average snack, with less sugar, salt and calories – but aren’t far behind a bag of skips, which only has 109 calories.

Walkers own version of their healthy snacks, baked crisps and sunbites both have less calories than a standard bag. 

But Sunbites, marketed as a wholegrain healthy snack, only have six less calories than a standard bag and twice the amount of sugar.

The baked version, at 109 calories also have more sugar.   

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